I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Name is Zedonk by Jia Han
Published on January 10, 2017.
In the 2010 Census, almost 10 million Americans identified as multiracial. As our population grows, more and more families will be made up of people who may not look just like one another.
My Name is Zedonk is a charming children’s book celebrating diverse and multiracial families or just a little story about a zedonk, read into it what you wish. Originally published in Korea, the story is for ages 3 to 8 and illustrated with full color, mixed media drawings that will resonate across ages, races, and genders. This story captures love, acceptance, and the mystery and magic of family.
“My mama is a donkey,
my papa is a zebra,
and I am a zedonk.
Each of us is a bit different and
we are all happy together. “
This book is so sweet. It’s the story of a zebra and a donkey who fell in love. While zebras and donkeys don’t usually live together, they decided they didn’t care. They were in love and that is what mattered. The story is told by their child, Zedonk (a zedonk – “ze” from zebra and “donk” from donkey).
The text of this story is pretty simplistic, but the message is huge. Differences don’t have to mean that people cannot love each other. Different people can be happy together.
The illustrations in this book are perfect. They look like watercolors or perhaps even crayon. They’re very childlike, but also professional looking. Some pages just have stripes or yarn – small elements that add to the story. I very much enjoyed this book.
My Rating: 4 stars